Photographing Moms

With Mother's Day approaching, I was considering posting all the moms I had worked with over the last year...but, that would be a very large post ;) And, what images of them do I post? You see...I photograph as a mom. Even when they're not my kids, the pictures I take are heavily influenced by what I would want to remember if it were my family. So, I kind of feel like all of my photographs are photographs of Motherhood. What you see and what you don't see of your life as a mother--the kids, your husband, YOU in the middle of it all...little stories of motherhood. My friend and client, Jennifer Chaney, recently posted a blog post about letting your pictures show what is in your heart. It filled my heart to see her post an image I took of her and her boy where you could see her heart. Motherhood01

These are my favourite kinds of images to take. The ones where you can see how much love a mother has for her child. That is a universal emotion my friends. Mothers around the world know it. I like to show you what that looks like. I also like to show it to your kids. It's like proof positive that they are the centre of your world(as if the 52 hours of labour you went through weren't enough proof!).

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As much as I love these images that show me a mother's heart, I also love capturing images that either show a mom 'in action' or views that I think they probably see on a daily basis at this point in their life. It is partly why I like to do my sessions in my client's homes. These mundane moments are worth remembering because chances are you are too sleep deprived to remember it without a little bit of help ;)

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So, to me...if I really think about it...motherhood is a sort of photographic style which I've embraced. I want my photographs to speak to those moments of parenthood which you want to hang on to...the big emotional ones and the little, everyday ones.

If you are ready to have some photographs like this of your family, I would love to help you out ;) If a full session isn't in the cards for you this year, I still have two spots at my Mother's Day Pop-Up Studio in downtown Calgary.

And, to all of my clients over the last year--thank you for sharing these moments with me(and for those of you who are on my blog--the world). Motherhood is a tough, but incredible job. Slow down this weekend and enjoy it a bit ;) Happy Mother's day!

~ Dana